Like Rats are a band from Illinois that plays a mixture of power violence, grindcore and death metal with a touch of sludge and black metal and this is a review of their 2016 album "II" which will be released on March 25th by Southern lords Records.
A very dark and heavy sound starts off the album along with all of the musical instruments sounding very powerful and you can also hear some groove and melody in the music and the music are mostly death metal growls and when the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can be heard.
When the music slows down a great amount of sludge and doom metal elements can be heard and the vocals also throw in hardcore style screams at times and throughout the recording you can hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and the songs also bring in a great amount of d beats and 90's influences and as the album progresses black metal screams can also be heard briefly and a couple of tracks towards the end also brings in a brief use of keyboards.
Like Rats plays a musical style that takes old school death metal, power violence and sludge and mixes it in with a touch of black, groove metal and hardcore to create something very original, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover dark themes.
In my opinion Like Rats are a very great sounding mixture of power violence, grindcore and death metal with a touch of sludge and black metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "From Beyond" "Gates" and "Evil Winter". 8 out of 10.